Being Open – a midweek Pause for Peace

Ripples and reflections in the lake

When we’re tired and emotionally worn out, it’s comforting to close in. To protect our inner being from the messy world Yet today, we choose to stand, even if for a moment, with those whose world is in the throes of war. Who have no direct control over what happens to them and their families. … Read more

Weaving a beautiful way of being

Patterns of lichen on a stone in a field

Here’s the thing about modern industrial looms: the thread has to be uniform. It must meet spec. Otherwise, the weaving process will require constant adjustment, or it will fracture. How different is the human and natural world, where being celebrates uniqueness… A beautiful you. Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿 ~ Amazing patterns of lichen on … Read more

Do you know who you are waiting for?

Close up of dew drops on delicate vegetation

Who am I waiting for? There’s a time for certain ideas to arrive,and they find a wayto express themselves through us. + Rick Rubin, The Creative Act: A Way of Being, 2023 And you, who are you waiting for? Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

Delighting in the essence of essence

Close up of a small orange flower against a grey wall

Essence is such a beautiful word. Just listen to its tone and revel in its colour And its multiple dimensions of meaning create a glorious kaleidoscope: + Ecosia, in partnership with Oxford Languages I’ve been thinking about essence in terms of who we are and the beautiful change we want to create. What brings you … Read more

Musing on the wonder of water

Close-up of water droplets on delicate green leaves

As the soft rain cloud settles in the valley, we are surrounded by water. Its presence on all sides. Yet what holds these droplets in place? As I wonder about these jewels on display, I realise we may have more in common. We think our contribution is a result of our doing. Our effort in … Read more

Being in the arc of time

slice of tree trunk showing different tree rings and moss on the bark

Yesterday, I was reminded that here in the valley, we do not have time. We can’t be rigidly bound to a to-do list if a tree is down and blocking the road. So even if I’d wanted to be elsewhere, I couldn’t get out until we’d cleared the debris and made the tree safe. And … Read more

Returning to the place of being you

old red notebook with bookmark prayer

Yesterday, several threads came together to weave into one of those amazing pictures that feel familiar while offering new dimensions. ‘Eventually, you need to start being you, and then – you need to get really good at it.’ + Hugh MacLeod, Artistic Director and Lead Creative Writer, Gapingvoid This was an insightful quote in a … Read more

Being still with who we are


I suspect that this kind of stillness doesn’t mean being rigid and motionless. It’s not an absence. Instead, it’s a wholeness characterised by being settled in our own skin. And I suspect it isn’t achieved by earnest pursuit of self-actualisation. Rather by being at peace with who we are. Making healthy choices with insight and … Read more

Where is our beautiful space?

Green leaf buds opening on branches with the dark lake and hillside as background

We have places for many things, but where is the space for our soul? This isn’t as esoteric or woo-woo as we might think. It’s just a question we’re not used to asking. Yet without it, our inner being will wither, and our resilience to do the tough stuff will fade. Pause. See differently. Re-story … Read more

Only in the quiet place


There’s something about being in the natural environment that reveals our humanness. And this isn’t just out in the wilds, it’s also in parks and gardens. Being quiet in the more-than-human world paradoxically both amplifies and puts into perspective who we are as human beings. We see ourselves more clearly. This weekend as I and … Read more